Volkswagen T-Cross review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 infotainment
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 infotainment
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 left tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 exterior detail
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 boot open
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 front cornering
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 rear cornering
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 dashboard
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 interior detail
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 infotainment
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 left tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 right tracking
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 exterior detail
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 front seats
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 rear seats
  • Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Volkswagen T-Cross S trim looks temptingly priced but, as you’ll see in the equipment section below, leaves you wanting for toys. On the other hand, SEL and R-Line trims make little sense, because, if you have that much money to spend, the Volkswagen T-Roc is a better buy.

However, the 1.0 TSI 95 SE offers the best value for money, and it's cheaper than the entry-level Ford Puma. It's not quite as frugal or as low on CO2 emissions, mind, but it still proved really efficient in our real-world True MPG tests and emits less CO2 than even the diesel T-Cross. 

Active trim concentrates on additional comfort features over SE, and includes heated seats, front and rear parking sensors, extended ambient cabin lighting and tinted rear windows. Black Edition is more style-focussed and adds black door mirrors, LED headlights, sports seats, tinted rear windows, and front and rear parking sensors. SEL adds further creature comforts, including dual-zone climate control, but the hike in price is too great. Steer clear of R-Line, too; it’s expensive and mainly adds styling fripperies.

Volkswagen T-Cross 2021 infotainment

Reliability

The T-Cross came a rather disappointing 16th out of 19 small SUVs rated in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey, while Volkswagen as a brand finished a similarly underwhelming 20th out of 30 manufacturers. Skoda did much better than that, with Seat slightly ahead too, while Peugeot and Ford fared worse. 

Overview

Go for the 1.0 TSI 95 SE model and you'll have bought a very fine, practical small SUV for a sensible price. Don't be tempted to go for higher trims and more powerful engines, because if you have that kind of money to spend we'd recommend looking at the T-Roc instead – it's only slightly more expensive and more sophisticated in many areas. The excellent Ford Puma is also more fun to drive.

  • Spacious, flexible interior
  • Impressive for safety
  • Good to drive
  • Only slightly cheaper than the superior T-Roc
  • Interior is hardly plush
  • SEL and R-Line trims too pricey
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